ALBANY — John O'Meally described his cousin, 57-year-old National Guardsman Rudolph E. Seabron, as an honorable man — a man of the military — in court on Friday.
Brian Tromans, the motorist who struck and killed Seabron in January of 2017 in Colonie — leaving him to die in the roadway — couldn't have been more different from Seabron, O'Meally told a judge.
"Who leaves a person dead or dying after inflicting mortal harm upon them only to run away, hide, deny, obfuscate and obstruct in an attempt to evade responsibility for their actions," O'Meally told the court. "Only somene who is self-concerned to a criminal fault, and that is the absolute opposite of who Rudy is."
O'Meally's statement came during a sentencing hearing for Tromans, 34, who was given the maximum possible term: three and two-thirds to 11 years in state prison.
Tromans was convicted in December of one count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash without reporting it and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies. Judge Roger D. McDonough delivered the sentence Friday.
Tromans struck and killed Seabron on Jan. 8, 2017, on Watervliet-Shaker Road. He then drove away. Tromans' vehicle was going about 40 mph at the time of the crash, prosecutors said.
After the crash, he hid his car and tried to fix damage caused by the vehicle's impact with Seabron, the jury found.
Seabron, of Rome, served as a master sergeant in the National Guard. The father of three served three tours of duty with the Guard and served previously with the Marines.
The judge heard multiple victim impact statements before imposing the sentence. Prosecutors provided copies of those statements later.
The judge also heard from two of Seabron's children and his younger brother.
Daughter Erina Caro recalled her father as someone who had exceptional morals and values -- someone who made countless sacrifices.
Her heart shatters every time she thinks of him, she said in her victim impact statement, which was read in court by her brother. She called her father's death a never-ending nightmare.
She noted the impact not only on Seabron's family, but also his military family.
"The act of one selfish person creates ripples in countless lives," she wrote.
Son Jason Caro told Tromans he took away one of the best people he knew. Caro said he measured his success by how much he could be like his father.
"You took a life, and therefor your life should be wiped away," he said. "I won't ever forgive you because you have no moral compass."